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The Bitcoin bust that took down the web's biggest child abuse site.

It's a long read, but well worth it. The story of how investigators followed Bitcoin transactions to bring down a large child abuse site.

Bitcoin isn't as anonymous as most people think:

Within a few years of Bitcoin’s arrival, academic security researchers—and then companies like Chainalysis—began to tear gaping holes in the masks separating Bitcoin users’ addresses and their real-world identities. They could follow bitcoins on the blockchain as they moved from address to address until they reached one that could be tied to a known identity. In some cases, an investigator could learn someone’s Bitcoin addresses by transacting with them, the way an undercover narcotics agent might conduct a buy-and-bust. In other cases, they could trace a target’s coins to an account at a cryptocurrency exchange where financial regulations required users to prove their identity. A quick subpoena to the exchange from one of Chainalysis’ customers in law enforcement was then enough to strip away any illusion of Bitcoin’s anonymity.

Warning: there's some disturbing content in the article. It's depressing to read about these people.

Linked on the 17th of April, 2022 Details

An automated policing program got a man shot twice.

The world is slowly catching up to dystopian sci-fi stories. A predictive policing program used by Chicago's police predicted a man would be involved in a shooting. The ramifications within the police and local community ended up getting him shot – twice!

Linked on the 1st of June, 2021 Details

CC Mixter - The remix family tree.

The CC Mixter is online. A community-based music sharing site featuring tracks released under a creative commons license The music is there to be sampled, remixed or cut-up. They’ve used the cover CD from the previous issue of Wired as a starting point.

Linked on the 5th of January, 2005 Details